9:00am Thursday 21st November 2013
WITH the imminent arrival of the Christmas Shopping season, and the much needed boost to Cirencester shopkeepers’ income (in the face of internet shopping), may I through your column address the management of the St James Place organisation to ask that they consider opening their car park in the Tetbury Road on Saturdays for the benefit of Christmas shoppers?
4:07pm Wednesday 20th November 2013
I ATTENDED last week’s council meeting re the proposed Brewery court development, and was dismayed by the lack of discussion between the councillors regarding the objections raised by Mrs Corinne Lamus.
4:03pm Wednesday 20th November 2013
4:00pm Wednesday 20th November 2013
COUNCILLOR Nash, in his letter of November 6, has missed the main point of my letter. It is my understanding that the town council is considering borrowing over £1m to help to fund the Market Place scheme thus committing the people of Cirencester to 50 - yes, 50 - years of debt (his words).
3:51pm Wednesday 20th November 2013
AGAIN it seems the planning committee seemed mesmerised when it comes to an application from Wildmoor, one would have thought they would have learnt from the shambles that is the King's Head/Corn Hall.
3:46pm Wednesday 20th November 2013
3:41pm Wednesday 20th November 2013
Open Letter to Cotswold District Council I HAVE just received the latest Cotswold News and read and re-read the article by the cabinet member for forward planning. I find it typical of the complacency that allowed the Cotswold Local Plan to expire in 2011.
3:36pm Wednesday 20th November 2013
WITH regard to the Brewery Court cinema, retail and student accommodation development, I am shocked that despite the recommendations of professional planning officers to refuse the current application, concerns raised by English Heritage, Brewery Arts, Gloucestershire Constabulary and many responsible residents of Cirencester, unconditional permission was granted for this scheme.
3:32pm Wednesday 20th November 2013
3:29pm Wednesday 20th November 2013
AS THE effort to help the victims of Typhoon Haiyan (the strongest storm ever recorded) goes ahead it is time also to start thinking about how the risk of catastrophes like Haiyan can be reduced in the future.
3:24pm Wednesday 20th November 2013
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12:36pm Wednesday 6th November 2013
ROB Little's American visitors were unlucky in catching Malmesbury Town Centre at a time of changing property ownership, leading to their comment about vacant properties that he wrote about last week. In fact, two shops in Gloucester Street will re-open soon, two local businesses have re-located to larger premises within the town and a High Street shop is being refitted. A new pizza restaurant has just opened and another restaurant is planned nearby. The Co-Op has shown its confidence in the High Street with a £300,000 refit and the new Waitrose will increase footfall and bring shops in its wake. Yes there are empty private properties in Oxford Street but we believe ownership has changed and improvements are likely.
1:00pm Thursday 5th September 2013
12:00pm Thursday 5th September 2013
AFTER all the work which had been done last year to protect the mill stream and mill pond in Cirencester last year, I was appalled to visit it last week to find that it had been completely drained - again!
12:00pm Thursday 5th September 2013
HENRY George have now taken responsibility for the care of the roundabout on London Road. This roundabout has been an absolute eyesore and I am thrilled it is now going to receive some tender loving care. Shame on the council for letting this prominent roundabout look so dreadful for so long. I contacted the council some months ago and was informed their budget would only allow one cut a year, hence the 4ft long grass which was appalling and highly dangerous.
11:00am Thursday 5th September 2013
11:00am Thursday 5th September 2013
10:00am Thursday 5th September 2013
OH DEAR! I am afraid that I was the ‘low life' and 'thief' who removed the glass vase from the grave at Down Ampney last week. I received my just deserts for I cut myself in the process. The flowers were indeed lovely, but I am afraid we could not find anything suitable to put them in, so a paper cup had to suffice.
9:00am Thursday 5th September 2013
8:00am Thursday 5th September 2013
I BELIEVE the previous letters about the excessive amount of dog mess in the town, together with the additional signage put up by the district council, are finally having the desired effect. However, to the dog owner who did clear up after their pooch, I commend you for clearing the mess but do request you take the offending package home with you and not leave it in our green bin!
12:10pm Friday 30th August 2013
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1:00pm Saturday 10th August 2013
WHILE visiting Dobbies Garden Centre on Tuesday, July 30, to buy summer bedding plants, I noticed that the staff were setting up the Christmas area and customers were actually buying items. My children asked me why they were getting reading for Christmas when it was still the summer holidays. To be honest, I didn't have an answer for them. This has got to be the first place in town to start getting ready for Christmas. I think it is disgraceful. Christmas is 147 days away (at time of writing)! I will certainly not be buying any Christmas items or starting to look forward to it until after Bonfire night. Humbug! SAM MAYDEW Cirencester
2:30pm Thursday 8th August 2013
AS A response to Barry Gibb's letter (Standard, July 25), it is indeed fitting to discuss the Memorial Recreation Ground which, thanks to donations, was originally given to the town's people of Tetbury in memory of Tetburians who fought in The Great War 1914-1918. Next year will mark the centenary of this tragic conflict and yes, it is an appropriate testimonial for the recreation ground to be used for all to enjoy the freedom that these Tetburians fought for and to remember the 67 who lost their lives. However, a good number of people think that looking at the big picture would be the best way forward and that would not new sports facilities be better suited at the leisure center. In fact the MUGA (Multi Use Games Area) that was placed in the recreation ground had to have one end taken down, a lack of foresight? Again, with a new club being placed on the ground some feel this would be over development and borderline privatisation. Whilst we all applaud fundraising and enhancing facilities the old maxim 'if it ain't broke why fix it' comes to mind. In fact recently, Will Cook has put forward a plan for the Goods Shed. This facility would take some of the pressure off the capacity of the Dolphins Hall and recreation ground and open up a currently unused building (ideal for youth club, day centre etc). A good number of people have stated they would like an open public meeting to discuss all the facilities and clubs in Tetbury as there are many great opportunities now and perhaps next year would be an ideal time to honour and do justice to the spirit of the original donation by giving choice and ownership to the townsfolk of Tetbury. KEVIN PAINTER Tetbury
12:00pm Thursday 8th August 2013
IN HIS letter (Standard, July 25), James Bell suggests "creating completely new communities… in-between Fairford and Lechlade". I would like to point out that we already have a new community (Lakes by Yoo) between Fairford and Lechlade, with another 100 plus units planned at Lake 104. Unfortunately, these are holiday developments so will not help local people looking for housing. Also, I believe lodges at Lakes by Yoo start at £800,000 (although the eight-bed en suite lodges with solariums are considerably more expensive) so are outside the reach of most local residents. ALISON GARNE Whelford Fairford
2:30pm Wednesday 7th August 2013
I AM deeply grateful to the Planning Committee of Cotswold District Council for allowing the alterations to Ermin House, Dollar Street, as it now looks magnificent and totally enhances the area in which it is situated. MR P W BROWN Berryhill Crescent Cirencester
12:30pm Wednesday 7th August 2013
NOT quite right that report on parking in Fairford (Standard, August 1). Didn't the judge rule that the signage was flawed? In effect we have had no parking restrictions in our town for quite some time. Two years? The survey you report - with a lower response than the previous one - showed that remarkably few people responded and the majority who did favoured no restriction. But Fairford Town Council could not reach a decision and passed the resolution to GDC or GCC. Now it's easy to fall for the traders’ view that the customer wants to park outside their shop - how few there are now -but I'm not sure that is true. If a shop sells the thing you want you'll find a way of getting there. Fairford is becoming a dormitory town. Where will the people shop? Cirencester or Swindon probably because there is little apart from convenience and take away food in Fairford. So GCC/GDC/FTC broaden your vision - pedestrianise the town square - no parking! And encourage the growth of new retail outlets that people can walk by and enjoy. Just a thought. KEITH GALLON Fairford
10:15am Wednesday 7th August 2013
LAST week’s picture in The Way It Was (Standard, August 1) had the intriguing caption ‘Must move with times’ and showed Dyer Street being transformed into a car park and, frankly…an ugly, unsympathetic yet ‘essential’ new build. If it was necessary at the time, looking at the site now, does it fit into the beautiful Cotswold town? I am sure visitors and residents will say ‘not really’. But will a similar inappropriate construction of a Waitrose supermarket have a similar impact in nearby Malmesbury? Goodbye to the green belt, hello to increased water run off. It is a myth that shoppers will load their cars then stroll up the High Street to spend more. There are better alternatives to site a new shop, which the down does need. ‘Must move with times’…I fear history is about to repeat itself over the border in often flooded Wiltshire. GORDON WILLIAMS Malmesbury
2:00pm Saturday 3rd August 2013
TODAY is a lovely sunny day and I would rather be enjoying this weather than poring over a keyboard, but I feel obliged to protest about Cotswold District Council's frankly outrageous proposed development strategy.
1:00pm Friday 2nd August 2013
5:00pm Thursday 1st August 2013
HAVING read the front page story concerning the cars v bicycles debate (Standard, July 18), motorists should always remember that 'Pedestrians and Equestrians have a right to use the Queens Highway whilst motor vehicles are merely licensed to do so, the license can be withdrawn at any time'.
1:00pm Thursday 1st August 2013
THE attitude towards cyclists of James Walker, landlord of the Bathurst Arms at North Cerney, is unfortunately not uncommon. He threatened to "... smash my 4x4 into your rear tyre ....." but claims that it was only a 'joke' intended for his friends.
1:00pm Wednesday 31st July 2013
8:00pm Tuesday 30th July 2013
3:10pm Tuesday 30th July 2013
FOLLOWING your article in this last week's Standard concerning the use of some of the land on the recreation ground in Tetbury for tennis, I am grateful to Cllr Painter for reminding everyone of the official name of the rec as the Tetbury Memorial Recreation Ground.
5:00pm Monday 29th July 2013
2:37pm Wednesday 17th July 2013
2:33pm Wednesday 17th July 2013
THIS panoramic picture of Cirencester taken by resident Rob Armitage during the weekend of the Phoenix Festival (some activity visible in the Abbey Grounds, top left) was taken from the top of the parish church tower. The tower is open from 10am-4pm on Saturdays July 27, August 24, September 14 and September 28. Everyone who makes the journey up and down the tower on these open days receives a certificate to say they have been there.
2:30pm Wednesday 17th July 2013
2:32pm Wednesday 17th July 2013
2:30pm Wednesday 17th July 2013
MEMBERS of the Chesterton Community Project who represent the views of local residents feel very strongly that the Cotswold District Council has not given the people of Cirencester, and Chesterton in particular, sufficient time to fully consider the proposals for the proposed development of the Chesterton Farm area.
2:19pm Wednesday 17th July 2013
I AM appalled by the way in which Cotswold District Council are pushing through planning permission for 2,500 houses without proper and appropriate level of consultation and engagement with the people of the town. If this goes ahead it will permanent change the character of our historic town for the worse - can you imagine another 5,000+ cars packed onto our ancient street layout as just one of many examples of how ill conceived this is?
2:34pm Wednesday 17th July 2013
THE apparent fait accompli of a further 2,500 houses in Chesterton is another step towards the Cotswold District Council’s declared intention to turn our pleasant market town into ‘the primary urban area of the Cotswolds’.
2:17pm Wednesday 17th July 2013
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